Fourth of July: Islandwide activities

| July 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

This Fourth of July, celebrate Independence Day with a multitude of opportunities and activities islandwide.

Spectators can safely view public fireworks displays and enjoy a safe holiday at many locations, listed below. All times are approximate; some displays may be cancelled by promoters or are pending final approval.

The Honolulu Fire Department wants everyone to enjoy the Independence Day holiday and asks that all understand the dangers of firecrackers — only authorized off military installations. Improper use of firecrackers can cause severe injuries and present a significant risk of fire.

Honolulu’s new ordinance only allows for firecrackers. It’s illegal for individual consumers to set off fireworks; only commercial or authorized government fireworks are allowed.

The new ordinance requires that individual consumer firecracker permits be obtained no less than 10 days before they are used. Therefore, firecracker permits for the Independence Day holiday are no longer available.

Consumers may obtain firecracker permits for the next holiday, New Year’s Eve, anytime this year before Dec. 21.

Firecracker permits are available at Satellite City Halls during normal business hours for a $25 fee.


July 3

Aloha Tower Marketplace, Honolulu, from 4-10 p.m. Festivities include entertainment and keiki activities with bounce houses and face painting. Fireworks display begins at 8:45 p.m. Visit or call 566-2337.


Fourth of July Parade, Honolulu, 5-6 p.m., sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu. Parade route starts at Saratoga Road and Kalakaua Avenue, and continues down Kalakaua Avenue to Queen Kapiolani Park. Call 768-5288 or email


Salute to Valor, Honolulu; this concert is free and open to the public, July 3, at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; the concert starts at 8 p.m. The concert commemorates the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, gives tribute to American veterans and celebrates the Fourth of July. Tickets can be obtained by visiting the Blaisdell Box Office, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu, or by calling (800) 727-1999, ext. 290.


July 4

Runway 5K Run, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, 7 a.m., July 4, at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The course will start and finish at Hangar 104 and goes along the length of the runway. Call 254-7590. Visit


Fourth of July Train Ride, Ewa Beach; a preboarding ceremony featuring a Marine color guard and rifle salute team starts at 9 a.m. The historic narrow-gauge train will depart the Ewa Train Museum at 9:30 a.m. While the morning train is sold out, tickets are available for the 2 p.m. trip. Adult tickets are $8.50; tickets for keiki ages 2-12 are $7.50. Tickets must be booked in advance; email


Maili Beach Park, Waianae; fireworks begin at 7:45 p.m.


Kailua Beach Park, East Oahu, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Visit or call 261-7997.

  • Fourth of July Parade, Kailua, 10 a.m.-noon, organized by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce; parade travels south along Kainalu Drive from Palapu Street to Kailua Intermediate School.
  • Air Show, 6-7 p.m., Kailua Beach.
  • Fireworks display, 8-9 p.m., Kailua Bay.


Maunalua Bay, Hawaii Kai, from 1-9 p.m. This family event includes entertainment and keiki games; fireworks begin at 8 p.m. Visit


Turtle Bay Resort, North Shore, 5:30-9 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.; festivities start at 5:30 p.m. The event includes live entertainment, keiki activities and community food booths. Fireworks begin at 8 p.m. Visit or call 293-6000.


Ala Moana Center Fourth of July Spectacular, Honolulu, 8:30-8:50 p.m., fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m., but entertainment starts at noon. Show will be off Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park. Vehicles will be prohibited in Ala Moana Park from 10 p.m., July 3, until 4 a.m., July 4.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fourth of July celebration will be at two locations — Hickam Harbor and Ward Field — to maximize opportunities for service members, families, retirees and Department of Defense civilians. The Plain White T’s will headline two free concerts — one at each site. The evening will end with two fireworks displays. Both sites also will offer free activities for keiki and adults. Visit

  • Hickam Harbor events run 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Plain White T’s concert is at 4:30 p.m.; fireworks are at 8:30 p.m. Call 449-5215.
  • Ward Field events run 2-9:30 p.m.; Plain White T’s concert is at 8 p.m; fireworks are at 9 p.m. Call 473-2431.


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